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2012 Draft Prep: National League 5x5 auction


The National League may not have the overall offensive firepower of the American League, but it offers NL-only owners a bevy of top outfield options. In our 12-team, NL-only Rotisserie league auction, many of those elite outfielders, like Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Justin Upton, came off the board early and set the tone for big spending at the position. Six of the first nine players nominated were outfielders, and they cost their owners a collective $188, even though the group included a $5 Bryce Harper.

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In fact, the highest bids came for players who qualify at what are arguably the NL's three deepest positions at the upper levels: outfield, shortstop and pitcher. Of the 16 players who fetched at least $30, only Joey Votto ($44) and Brandon Phillips ($30) played a position other than one of those three. This is not to say that position scarcity didn't matter, though. Votto has a greater advantage over his fellow elites at first base as compared to the top players at other positions, and he wound up being the most expensive player in the auction. Meanwhile, there are many similarly-productive options at the top of the second base, third base and catcher rankings, so owners were typically willing to wait to fill those positions, rather than spend $25 or more for the likes of Rickie Weeks or Brian McCann.

Scarcity also drove prices up as players were coming off the board. Phillips and Dee Gordon ($25) were both nominated relatively late, and both saw their values inflated compared to some similar alternatives. There weren't many late-auction bargains, as a few owners held onto their dollars deep into the auction, though Tim Hudson ($5) and Jason Kubel ($10) likely came more cheaply than they would have if they were nominated earlier.

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Scott White,
2. Scott Swanay and Steve Parsons,
3. John Toczydlowski and Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
4. Al Melchior,
5. Andrew Fiorentino,
6. Patrick Davitt, Baseball HQ
7. Marc Normandin,
8. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
9. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
10. Mike Kuchera,
11. Christopher Kreush and Todd Zola,
12. Bernie Pleskoff,

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

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2012 NL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
2Joey Votto, CIN1B$44Baseball HQ
40Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$
3Ryan Braun, MILOF$ (Pleskoff)
1Matt Kemp, LADOF$42RotoRob
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$
9Justin Upton, ARIOF$36Razzball
25Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$
21Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$34RotoRob
11Clayton Kershaw, LADP$ (Pleskoff)
7Roy Halladay, PHIP$
8Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$
5Cliff Lee, PHIP$ (Melchior)
68Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$30Baseball HQ
51Hunter Pence, PHIOF$ (Fiorentino)
4Matt Holliday, STLOF$ (Fiorentino)
17Jose Reyes, MIASS$30Patton & Co
47David Wright, NYM3B$
34Dan Uggla, ATL2B$ (White)
18Michael Bourn, ATLOF$
37Tim Lincecum, SFP$28Baseball HQ
52Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Baseball HQ
100Jay Bruce, CINOF$27Razzball
14Michael Morse, WAS1B$
89Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$26Razzball
10Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$ (White)
13Cole Hamels, PHIP$
70Dee Gordon, LADSS$ (Fiorentino)
22Ike Davis, NYM1B$ (White)
76Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$24Razzball
98Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$ (Pleskoff)
61Andre Ethier, LADOF$ (Melchior)
39Corey Hart, MILOF$24Baseball HQ
32Shane Victorino, PHIOF$24Baseball HQ
41Zack Greinke, MILP$
60Chris Young, ARIOF$
57Matt Cain, SFP$
49Madison Bumgarner, SFP$23Patton & Co
30Adam Wainwright, STLP$
19Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$ (Melchior)
15Stephen Strasburg, WASP$
46Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$ (Pleskoff)
96Drew Stubbs, CINOF$
56Brandon Beachy, ATLP$ (Pleskoff)
62Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$ (Melchior)
110Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$21Patton & Co
33Brian McCann, ATLC$ (Pleskoff)
90Jayson Werth, WASOF$
28Lance Berkman, STLOF$ (White)
29Yovani Gallardo, MILP$ (White)
55Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$21Patton & Co
20Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$ (Melchior)
31Chase Utley, PHI2B$
74Miguel Montero, ARIC$
58Buster Posey, SFC$20Baseball HQ
104Lucas Duda, NYMOF$
35Ian Kennedy, ARIP$ (White)
83Cameron Maybin, SDOF$19RotoRob
82Logan Morrison, MIAOF$ (White)
72Jason Heyward, ATLOF$
109Daniel Hudson, ARIP$19Razzball
67Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$
53Mat Latos, CINP$ (Melchior)
48Ryan Madson, CINP$
43Drew Storen, WASP$19Baseball HQ
75Neil Walker, PIT2B$
122Cory Luebke, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
87Carlos Marmol, CHCP$18RotoRob
77Gio Gonzalez, WASP$18RotoRob
64Matt Garza, CHCP$18Baseball HQ
63John Axford, MILP$ (Pleskoff)
59Heath Bell, MIAP$
23Josh Johnson, MIAP$ (White)
44Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$17Razzball
79Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$ (Fiorentino)
106Martin Prado, ATLOF$ (White)
102Carlos Beltran, STLOF$17Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$ (Melchior)
73Joel Hanrahan, PITP$
45Tommy Hanson, ATLP$ (Fiorentino)
88Ian Desmond, WASSS$
97Rafael Betancourt, COLP$ (Fiorentino)
69Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$ (Fiorentino)
12J.J. Putz, ARIP$ (White)
38Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$
116Jose Altuve, HOU2B$ (Pleskoff)
92Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$ (Melchior)
128Wilson Ramos, WASC$ (Fiorentino)
71Yadier Molina, STLC$ (Melchior)
141John Mayberry, PHIOF$ (White)
81Jose Tabata, PITOF$15Patton & Co
65Melky Cabrera, SFOF$
131Frank Francisco, NYMP$ (Pleskoff)
85Chris Carpenter, STLP$
84Jason Motte, STLP$
36Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$
27James Loney, LAD1B$14Patton & Co
26Ryan Howard, PHI1B$
132David Freese, STL3B$14RotoRob
121Carlos Lee, HOUOF$
95Dexter Fowler, COLOF$14Patton & Co
172Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$14RotoRob
136Jaime Garcia, STLP$
120Huston Street, SDP$
113Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$14Razzball
91Aaron Hill, ARI2B$13Razzball
135Mat Gamel, MIL3B$ (Pleskoff)
107Chase Headley, SD3B$13Patton & Co
54Brian Wilson, SFP$ (Fiorentino)
140Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$ (Fiorentino)
24Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$
78Brandon Belt, SFOF$
117Johnny Cueto, CINP$12Patton & Co
124Geovany Soto, CHCC$11Razzball
108Ramon Hernandez, COLC$
149Will Venable, SDOF$11Patton & Co
162Bud Norris, HOUP$11RotoRob
152Shaun Marcum, MILP$11Patton & Co
94Javy Guerra, LADP$11Razzball
133Zack Cozart, CINSS$ (Melchior)
93Stephen Drew, ARISS$
50Aubrey Huff, SF1B$
86Devin Mesoraco, CINC$10RotoRob
210Bryan LaHair, CHCOF$10RotoRob
153J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$10RotoRob
125Carlos Quentin, SDOF$ (Melchior)
111Jason Kubel, ARIOF$10Razzball
103Alex Presley, PITOF$
99Yonder Alonso, SDOF$
66Trevor Cahill, ARIP$10Razzball
42Brett Myers, HOUP$
80Marco Scutaro, COLSS$
147Chipper Jones, ATL3B$
146Ian Stewart, CHC3B$
126Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$9Patton & Co
123John Buck, MIAC$
213Jordan Schafer, HOUOF$9RotoRob
145Jason Bay, NYMOF$ (Fiorentino)
137Andres Torres, NYMOF$
180Chad Billingsley, LADP$9Patton & Co
206Jason Bartlett, SDSS$9RotoRob
134Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$ (Pleskoff)
119Todd Helton, COL1B$ (Pleskoff)
144Jimmy Paredes, HOU3B$
251Luke Gregerson, SDP$8Razzball
176Ryan Dempster, CHCP$ (Melchior)
169Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$ (Fiorentino)
130Vance Worley, PHIP$8Patton & Co
127Kenley Jansen, LADP$ (Melchior)
112Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$ (White)
189Nick Hundley, SDC$7RotoRob
138Wilin Rosario, COLC$7Baseball HQ
181Garrett Jones, PITOF$
142Marlon Byrd, CHCOF$7Patton & Co
182Jonny Venters, ATLP$
139Rafael Furcal, STLSS$
178Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$ (Fiorentino)
187Allen Craig, STLOF$ (Melchior)
115Chris Heisey, CINOF$
114Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$6Patton & Co
195Ted Lilly, LADP$6Patton & Co
186Tim Stauffer, SDP$
159Mike Minor, ATLP$ (Melchior)
150Edinson Volquez, SDP$
129Jonathon Niese, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
105Johan Santana, NYMP$
217Clint Barmes, PITSS$6Razzball
198Tyler Greene, STL2B$5RotoRob
168Mark Ellis, LAD2B$
205Rod Barajas, PITC$ (White)
184Nyjer Morgan, MILOF$ (Melchior)
170Jon Jay, STLOF$ (Melchior)
151David DeJesus, CHCOF$
118Tony Campana, CHCOF$5Razzball
6Bryce Harper, WASOF$
192Edwin Jackson, WASP$5Baseball HQ
161Tim Hudson, ATLP$
157Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Patton & Co
154A.J. Burnett, PITP$
143Homer Bailey, CINP$ (Melchior)
158Brett Wallace, HOU1B$ (Melchior)
248Taylor Green, MIL2B$ (White)
188Omar Infante, MIA2B$4RotoRob
220Nolan Arenado, COL3B$4RotoRob
160Ty Wigginton, PHI3B$
167Ryan Hanigan, CINC$4Razzball
244Juan Rivera, LADOF$4RotoRob
227Brett Jackson, CHCOF$4Razzball
204Mike Leake, CINP$
185Carlos Zambrano, MIAP$ (Fiorentino)
183Aroldis Chapman, CINP$
175Juan Nicasio, COLP$4Razzball
174Chris Capuano, LADP$
163Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$4Razzball
148Jesus Guzman, SD1B$
229Freddy Sanchez, SF2B$ (Pleskoff)
197Ruben Tejada, NYM2B$ (Fiorentino)
171Orlando Hudson, SD2B$3Patton & Co
212Chris Snyder, HOUC$
201A.J. Ellis, LADC$ (Pleskoff)
200Jason Castro, HOUC$
164Josh Thole, NYMC$3Patton & Co
225Brian Bogusevic, HOUOF$
221Nate Schierholtz, SFOF$ (Fiorentino)
208Jason Bourgeois, HOUOF$ (White)
199Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$ (White)
233Drew Pomeranz, COLP$ (Fiorentino)
203Erik Bedard, PITP$
202Tyler Clippard, WASP$ (Melchior)
173R.A. Dickey, NYMP$ (White)
166Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$3RotoRob
156Josh Collmenter, ARIP$
193Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$3Razzball
194Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$
237Darwin Barney, CHC2B$ (Melchior)
245Scott Rolen, CIN3B$
236Juan Uribe, LAD3B$
211Casey Blake, COL3B$ (White)
165Placido Polanco, PHI3B$ (White)
209David Ross, ATLC$
235Jerry Sands, LADOF$ (Fiorentino)
261Kyle Lohse, STLP$ (Pleskoff)
240Sergio Romo, SFP$2RotoRob
219Randy Wolf, MILP$ (White)
216Fernando Salas, STLP$2RotoRob
207Sean Marshall, CINP$2Baseball HQ
191Aaron Harang, LADP$2Razzball
190Roy Oswalt, PHIP$
179Jeremy Guthrie, COLP$
177Dillon Gee, NYMP$
218Brandon Crawford, SFSS$
276Adam Kennedy, LAD1B$1Baseball HQ
275Derrek Lee, PIT1B$1Baseball HQ
253Jordan Pacheco, COL1B$ (Fiorentino)
269Skip Schumaker, STL2B$1Baseball HQ
274Daniel Descalso, STL3B$1Baseball HQ
270Chris Johnson, HOU3B$ (Pleskoff)
263Casey McGehee, PIT3B$
268Jesus Flores, WASC$
259Mike Nickeas, NYMC$ (Fiorentino)
224Tim Federowicz, LADC$ (Melchior)
214Welington Castillo, CHCC$ (White)
272Domonic Brown, PHIOF$1Baseball HQ
267Norichika Aoki, MILOF$ (Pleskoff)
265Nate McLouth, PITOF$1Baseball HQ
264Tyler Colvin, COLOF$ (Fiorentino)
262Juan Pierre, PHIOF$ (Pleskoff)
260Chris Coghlan, MIAOF$1Baseball HQ
258Kyle Blanks, SDOF$
247Roger Bernadina, WASOF$
243Carlos Gomez, MILOF$
230Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$1Razzball
273Paul Maholm, CHCP$1Baseball HQ
271Matt Belisle, COLP$1Baseball HQ
266Shelby Miller, STLP$
255Eric Surkamp, SFP$
254Jeff Karstens, PITP$1Baseball HQ
252Charlie Morton, PITP$
250Brad Lincoln, PITP$
249John Lannan, WASP$ (Pleskoff)
246Clayton Richard, SDP$ (Melchior)
242Joe Blanton, PHIP$1Patton & Co
241Chris Narveson, MILP$1Razzball
239Joe Saunders, ARIP$ (Pleskoff)
238David Hernandez, ARIP$ (White)
234Randall Delgado, ATLP$1RotoRob
232Francisco Rodriguez, MILP$
231Jordan Lyles, HOUP$1Patton & Co
228James McDonald, PITP$
226Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$ (White)
223Edward Mujica, MIAP$1Baseball HQ
222Rex Brothers, COLP$1RotoRob
215Mike Pelfrey, NYMP$ (Pleskoff)
196Barry Zito, SFP$
155Bronson Arroyo, CINP$ (Pleskoff)
257Ryan Theriot, SFSS$
256Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$ (Pleskoff)

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